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How do I say that someone is black?
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Describe them. There's nothing wrong with mentioning that he is black. However, in that segment, you're missing an opportunity to actually describe them, which will both make for a more interesting ...

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A critic made a comment that my female character sounds like she was written by a man
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This critique is always complicated because of how nuanced gender actually is. This is actually a frequent problem with male authors. We tend to have experience and methods of thinking that are ...

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How do I know if a concept is sexist or not?
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thanks for asking this question. I feel like far too many people would get defensive or just brush this off. So, I'll say a few things... A: The posters who've said that you should consult women are ...

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How to write about a homosexual relationship when I haven't experienced one?
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You might be overthinking it. What I mean by that is not to avoid or whitewash the differences implied by gender or sexual orientation. What I mean is that you're writing a romance. Anything ...

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Archetype or Stereotype?
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Okay, not that I am the Representative For All Black People Of The Internet, but my personal take is that it's the purple. I think people go to their experience. Noir detective is far enough removed ...

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Should I add racism in my book's world or have my world have no racism?
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Whether you should or not boils down to what is true for your setting. If you've built a world where there are multiple ethnic groups (and you definitely should do that, it would be unrealistic to ...

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Characterisation: What lines can an antihero cross while retaining reader sympathy?
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These are the factors that influence where the line is. It will be floating, depending on context. The following would increase reader sympathy, given a morally dubious main character: Motivation - ...

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Sensitivity with disorders/mental illnesses
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To piggyback on the answers above, there's one simple addition that will help you: An actual trigger warning. This is, quite literally, what trigger warnings are for. So that people who've ...

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How far I can write about a protagonist with a different ethnicity of me?
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Empathy. Writing the "Other" is fundamentally about empathy and doing your best to inhabit their context. The first thing I'd do is identify what story you want to tell. And I don't mean what story ...

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I kinda want to completely annihilate the hero - what would speak against it?
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Give the hero one witness. If there are ghosts, etc, this can be "magiced" in somehow. To me, that adds to the poignancy of the arc. Go through with the idea, but leave one person, ideally a love ...

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MC’s emotional underpinning and grounding come from elder sister - her death would change him. Should she die?
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This is called "fridging". Don't do it. I was tempted to have a similar situation in my story and was talked out of it. My story and the characters have been immensely benefited by pursuing ...

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Do I have to keep saying “_____ thought,”after I put italics?
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No You merely need to ensure the reader understands who is thinking, and that the text is thought. E.g. "Trevor stood before her, like an ebony sculpture, even more imposing than she remembered. ...

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In a book about political activism, can the author recommend illegal acts--or is that a crime, too?
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If its not now, it can be can made to be. I'd advise against explicit advice and more discuss theoretical options and their benefits and drawbacks.

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How can I incorporate poetry techniques to improve my prose?
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Poetry is the muck. The application of unfettered depiction that flows and dives And sneaks back up on you, with no concern for the rules and boundaries of facile form. You can read it aloud Let it ...

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Terminology in sociology & statistics
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Operationalization. "operationalization is a process of defining the measurement of a phenomenon that is not directly measurable, though its existence is inferred by other phenomena. ...

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How graphic should a grimdark fantasy setting be?
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From a pure publishing perspective, super explicit depictions will turn a lot of publishers off, nevermind readers. I have a pretty high tolerance, and usually what I ask is how neccesarry a scene ...

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